With work in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Getty, the National Gallery of Art and museums, libraries, and institutions throughout the world, Beatrice Coron has built an international reputation in illustration, book arts, fine art, public art, digital art and architectural embellishment. At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, Coron will give a talk about how creativity infuses her work in what she calls “Cut Stories” in the Fine Arts Hall at Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83 Street, Gainesville. A reception with the artist will follow the talk.
Tickets are $15 for adults; $9 for seniors, children, and University of Florida students; and free for Santa Fe College students, faculty, and staff with college identification cards. For ticket information, call the Box Office at 352-395-4181 or visit the Fine Arts ticket website at:
Coron’s appearance is part of the college’s Master Artist series that brings creative professionals to campus to interact with students and the community. While on campus, Coron will meet with students in visual arts classes and demonstrate how she creates stories with cut paper.
Her designs emphasize the links between people, their environment and their sense of belonging. “I see creativity as a link from the personal self to a larger universe, where everything is connected,” Coron explains. “My personal history fueled my curiosity for stories and questioned my perception of realities.”
For a visual artist, Coron’s resume is unusual. She studied art and Mandarin Chinese in her native France and worked a series of odd jobs that included being a shepherdess, truck driver, factory worker, cleaning lady and New York City tour guide. She spent time in Egypt, Mexico and Taiwan before reinventing herself as an artist in New York in 1985.
Coron cuts her characteristic silhouette designs in paper and Tyvek, a synthetic fiber that is stronger than paper and more cost-effective and versatile than fabric. She collaborates with other artists to create work in stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass and digital media.
“Bringing someone like Beatrice Coron to campus gives students a tremendous opportunity to meet a practicing professional in the upper echelon of visual artists,” said Santa Fe Gallery Director Kyle Novak. “She has an incredible resume of experience and of exhibitions. For students, it’s hard to measure the impact of getting to meet one-on-one with an artist who has achieved so much.”
Coron’s talk is sponsored in part by SF College and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and Visit Gainesville, a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council.
For more information or photographs, call SF College Fine Arts Department Chairperson Alora Haynes, 352-395-5296.